Another year, another gift guide! We’re so excited to release our third annual all-local datenight Holiday Gift Guide so you can get a jump on your shopping for this gift-giving season.
We know how much you love finding cool and unique gifts to give your loved ones that support local businesses at the same time; and we’ve got some spots that are offering the perfect products, promos, and experiences for holiday gifting!
Whether you’re in a situationship, been married for 10 years, wondering if you should get a gift at all, and all the different types of relationships that exist out there, we hope you find something that makes sense for you!
This is also the perfect time to send some hints to your loves ones about what you’d like to find under the tree or in your stocking this season, so let’s take a look shall we?
It’s no surprise we recommend this for the perfect stocking stuffer this year. We have spent the last few months crafting a game that had the perfect mix of questions to get to know your date better. Whether you’re talking, dating, seeing where it goes, not labelling it, are madly in love, etc. we made sure to include questions and conversation starters you’ve never thought to ask before (but aren’t like, too intense).
Where to buy: Right now, you can get datenight game online at datenightgame.ca.
Yves Rocher didn’t stop at just doing a skincare and beauty Advent Calendar this year, they wanted you to have a full 31 days of surprises and gifts! They also released a New Year’s Calendar that’s full of make-up behind every door so you can prepare your looks to welcome the new year. Gift your wellness-loving date one, or both of these calendars and you’ll surely impress.
You don’t want to get your date roses that don’t last, right? These rose bears last a lifetime and are made right here in the GTA! Think of it as the adult version of stuffed bears, your date will be able to show it off and be reminded of your undying love.
Where to buy: Shop online for free Canada and USA shipping, or pick it up locally in Markham, ON.
Don’t let getting jewelry as a gift for your date scare you, it doesn’t all have to be diamond rings and gold earrings. For a less-intimidating, and super trendy jewelry company that you literally can’t go wrong with, try local business Shop The Tone. These minimalistic pieces are for dressing up, or casual wear. Your date won’t want to return these, we promise.
Where to buy: Shop online at shopthetone.ca
Andrea is a traveller and creative based in London, Ontario who designs and delivers custom wood charcuterie boards and coasters with the most beautiful, intricate, custom designs on them. Engrave the board with a name, design, or photo – she can even do coasters modelled after special moments and photos of you and your loved ones for the ultimate sentimental and functional gift. We have this on our own gift lists for sure!
This year we’ve been all about wellness. Ineyesight Living crafts beautiful products for just that; in the form of affirmation candles, smudge kits, and more! We’re loving this Limited Edition Festive Holiday Affirmation Candle infused with Reiki Energy and topped with some holiday sweetness. Available in both 8oz and 16oz sizes!
If you don’t have a matching sweatsuit with your SO, what are you doing? Lazypants was founded in Toronto in 2012 and is helping you out with your leisure lifestyle fits. They’re always releasing new collections and can even be found in your local Costco starting November 29th!
Where to buy: Shop online or check out your local Costco this season for some special releases.
If you’re a devoted plant parent, you’ll adore putting these cute, locally handmade botanical ornaments on your tree (loving the idea of decorating a tree with art of mini trees). This plant-inspired art is completely on-brand for the season and perfect for the person on your list with a green thumb and love of aesthetic holiday decor!
Where to buy: Place your order by sending a DM on Instagram, for pick up in Whitby or delivery in the Durham Region.
We can’t help but stock up on locally made, organic and delicious-smelling soap that’s good for your skin – it’s just a bonus when it’s pretty and festive. This Caledon-based wellness company has products perfect as stocking stuffers, your date will love this cute bundle as a gift, or as an addition to a gift.
Scents for the season include fresh peppermint, earthy pine, and hearty cinnamon sticks. Plus, you have to check out their adorable Grinch-themed Lavender, Pine and Lime soap!
If you haven’t checked out paper flower art, you need to! We absolutely love personalized gifts and let’s be honest, some people just don’t have it in them to make their own DIY crafts for sentimental gifts. Thankfully for all of us there’s businesses like Over The Luna that makes personalizing gifts painless (by doing it for you, beautifully).
At this shop you can find paper flower shadow boxes, ornaments, cute holiday sweaters, DIY kits and so much more!
If you don’t have a polaroid camera yet, it doesn’t mean you can’t gift sentimental Instax prints of all your memories! Prints From My Instax helps you cherish your best memories through instant film prints, frames, decor, and scrapbooks.
Surprise them with their favourite memories as instant film photo prints by Prints From My Instax. These insanely popular polaroid-style prints are so versatile, you can mail them out to surprise a friend, display them on your bedroom wall, frame them for your desk, tuck them inside your phone case or your wallet … the possibilities are endless! The best part is that Ri, who runs the online store, is an instant and vintage film fanatic herself, so you know that she will take the best care of your photos from start to finish.
Where to buy: To order, simply purchase your prints through the website, send your favourite photos over, and they will take care of the rest! The process is seamless and easy. There are 3 sizes to choose from, including Mini, Square and Wide. They also offer a number of polaroid and photo-related items in the store, like Christmas cards, magnet frames, scrapbooks, and other accessories.
We’re going to obsess over beautiful prints and stickers for a second. This Peterborough-based artist has anyone who discovers him raving about these creations (myself included).
If you and your favourite person loves road trips, granola vibes, van life aesthetic, the mountains, The Lumineers, Caamp, and all the good vibes, you’ll both be a new fan of everything BroganDraws releases.
The Good Challenge has found a way to do fun things, give you new ideas for date nights and activities with anyone in your life, AND support important charities all in one. You can purchase a The Good Challenge book filled with challenges that once completed, you can scan in and enter to win amazing prizes, plus they have a variety of books like: Holiday Edition, Date Edition, Couple’s Ediiton, Toronto Edition, Family Edition, Friends, Wine, and Food!
Date Edition includes 10 epic challenges for date night to support a charitable cause you care about. Upon check out, you can choose the charity your donation goes to. They support a roster of incredible Canadian charities to raise funds and awareness and donate at least 20% of every dollar! Plus you can win prizes from the coolest Canadian brands + nominate others to take on the challenge as well (@takethegoodchallenge will increase their donation amount by 10% for your referral!)
Where to buy: Shop for the challenges and choose your charity online
We always love relaxing spa treatments with our dates, and Sous La Face on Davenport Rd. in Toronto is serving up a super unique experience that you can do solo, or as a couple! Their trademarked Radical Radiance Regime treats the face and neck, and even the muscles in and around the mouth. Get a whole bunch of health benefits while relaxing with your loved one and being the most unique gift giver of the season.
Where to buy: Book online, or call 416-901-2340.
Do you love exploring with your date? Guess Where Trips put together amazing day-trip itineraries that will send you on a romantic and fun-filled day, following a variety of themes depending on what you’re into.
Even their gift card packages are cute – everything comes wrapped up in such an aesthetic way, your giftee will be so excited to open it.
Some of the best gifts are things you can do – specifically an escape to a cute, revamped inn between Toronto and Quebec. If you’re getting romantic with gifts this year, suggest a mini getaway without leaving the province at Somewhere Inn, Calabogie.
If your favourite person loves experience gifts (and if their love language is quality time), they’ll love this thoughtful adventure.
Where to buy: Book your stay online and get ready for a lil 4-hour road trip to reconnect.
Give the gift of taste with a Somm Cru or Grand Cru Membership! From VIP lifestyle perks to monthly wine deliveries, sommelier led tastings and private events, either membership level is the perfect gift for the food & wine lover on your list.
Somm Cru can be gifted for $60/year and is the loyalty program with benefits you actually want, unlocking access to VIP perks from top Toronto restaurants, hotels, wineries & wine agencies. Members unlock exclusive benefits like bubbly & wine on the house at Ascari, Boxcar Social & Osteria Rialto, complimentary tastings & pours at Pearl Morissette, Adamo Estate Winery & 13th Street Winery and discounted stays at Annex Hotel and Hockley Valley Resort!
Starting at $125/month, Somm Grand Cru can be gifted in various months and features all the perks of Somm Cru, plus a monthly delivery of three sommelier-selected wines along with private tastings and events.
Where to buy: Download the app on Google Play or the App Store, create a profile, and manage your memberships, or to gift a Somm Cru or Grand Cru Membership visit their website here!
Bar from Afar is your BFF if you’ve wanted pretty, bar-quality cocktails at home but don’t want to spend the time searching for ingredients, garnishes, and the perfect spirit to make it bright. Based in Ottawa and now delivering all over Toronto and the GTA, these kits come with absolutely everything you need to make super aesthetic cocktails you thought you could only find in a swanky speakeasy.
The recipes are very easy to follow and you won’tbe stumbling your kitchen looking for additional ingredients, just add ice, the ingredients in the kit, and alcohol and you have something that actually tastes as good as it looks. The best part, is you can choose your package based on your favourite spirit!
They also have a similar wine-themed concept with curated wine, cheese and charcuterie deliveries to your door.
Where to buy: Order online for delivery.
Grand Order Of Divine Sweets
This sweet downtown Toronto bakery is your paradise if you love everything fandoms, geeky and fun. This spot is newly reopened and while it sounds like an amazing date idea (can confirm, the drinks and sweets are awesome!), their treats make an amazing gift for your favourite person.
In addition to the cafe, you can shop for truffles, cupcakes, cookie boxes, hot chocolate bombs, themed chocolate bars, and gift baskets available for delivery right to your door!
Where to buy: Visit them in-store or shop online for pick-up, and Canada/US shipping.
Nespresso has released their 2021 Advent Calendar that is filled with 24 days worth of gifts perfect for a caffeine-lover with a serious Nespresso obsession. We attended their event at 1 Hotel Toronto recently and loved the new holiday collection, and your date will too!
By now you know that Cured Catering does epic platters and boards of charcuterie, candy, and more – but now they have a special Holiday Doughnut Making kit! These come with fresh doughnuts, icing, and toppings themed for this festive season!
Where to buy: Shop online for this box in either a 2-doughnut personal box size, or a group size.
This is the coolest honey you’ll ever see – Raw Canadian honey sourced in Alberta and twisted in Toronto to accompany your dishes, boards, and desserts with tasty and delicious honey. Plus, did we mention how aesthetic it looks?
What could possibly be better than a bottle of wine than a bottle of wine with a fireman on it in support of charity? Calling everyone shopping for wine moms, or lovers of firemen (this release is for both of these crowds… or are they the same crowd?)
The Fire and Wine release supports mental health with $5 of each bottle sold being donated directly to Pathstone Mental Health, so if you know someone (or a few someones) who would love this, stock up!
Where to buy: Shop online and find the collection here.
Are you shopping for a matcha-lover? Nomad Tea Co., doesn’t just have average matcha tea, but the whole experience that goes with it. “At Nomad Tea Co, we strive to take drinking matcha to new heights and build a community of like-minded individuals who pride themselves on being different.”
Where to buy: Shop online at nomadteaco.ca